Port Said massacre retrial adjourned until 20 December

Monday 24 Nov 2014

Seventy-three defendants are accused of killing over 70 Ahly fans at Port Said stadium in February 2012

Port Said Criminal Court on Monday adjourned the Port Said massacre retrial.

The prosecution's case will be heard on 20 December, and the defence will be heard on 21 and 22 December. The accused will remain behind bars until then.

The court listened on Monday to a social worker's comments on three of the defendants' social situation and found that they had no previous criminal records.

A witness also testified in front of the court and said people from the crowd were sitting in a compartment that was not allocated to them. He later learned they were civilians that the security forces used to secure the stadium.

The judges withdrew from the retrial of 11 defendants in the case in June, citing personal and legal conflicts.

Prosecutors accuse 73 people of killing at least 70 Ahly fans during a football match between Ahly and Masry in Port Said in February 2012.

The defendants were given sentences ranging from 15 years to life at the original trial.

In February, the court accepted an appeal for retrial.


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